Vic man rescued from rising floodwaters

A man has been rescued after his car was swept into rising floodwaters in southwest Victoria.
A man has been rescued after his car was swept into rising floodwaters in southwest Victoria.

A Victorian man has been rescued from the roof of his car after attempting to cross floodwaters in the state's southwest.

Mt Emu Creek, near Terang, broke its bank overnight due to rising water levels.

A 42-year-old man was driving his car near Bend Road in Cobrico when he attempted to cross "fast-flowing floodwaters" just after 10pm on Thursday.

The car was then taken 80 metres downstream before stopping on a tree.

Water poured through the car's windows, with the man forced to stand on the roof of his vehicle.

In dark and dangerous conditions, Victoria State Emergency Service volunteers used a boat to get to the man and managed to safely rescue him.

The man did not suffer from any injuries in the incident.

VICSES operations manager Andrew Murton praised the volunteers for working through the night in "cold and dangerous conditions" with minimal light.

He said the rescue served as a reminder for locals not to drive through floodwaters.

"The risk is too great; it can take just 15 centimetres of water for a small vehicle to float. If it's flooded, forget it," Mr Murton said.

Australian Associated Press